News from members of the Bradford Environment Forum. Click on the underlined titles to read the full articles.

Mtg to discuss Bfd Local Food Grant applications, 18 Dec

Thurs 18th Dec, 10am. The venue is the Treehouse Cafe which is on the corner of Ash Grove where it meets Great Horton Road opposite Bradford University.

Transition Bradford are creating a plan for a Community Supported Agriculture Scheme based at Cecil Avenue Allotments and will be applying to the Local Food Grant Scheme in the future. More info about the plan here:

We are holding a meeting to discuss applications to the scheme in the Bradford area. Please come along if you would like to get involved in the Transition Bradford plan or are applying to the Grant Scheme yourself. Anyone else who is interested is welcome to come along.

Please let us know if you are attending by emailing: jonathan "underscore" pollard "at" hotmail "dot" co "dot" uk

Recruitment of Landscape Architect Part III

BCEP is looking to recruit a Landscape Architect part III to join it's Urban Design Team.

 If you or a friend is interested please follow the link to our website for details.

 Click HERE

Ecoversity newspaper - The Seed - Winter edition

Find out more about the ecoversity programme at Bradford University by reading their very entertaining newspaper called 'The Seed':

Super Human Habitat Hero Wanted!

Recruitment for Habitat Heroes and Grow Organic

BCEP wishes to recruit a new community environment worker to join its existing Habitat Heroes and Grow Organic teams.

It is intended that the worker will share their time equally between the two programmes.
The post is for 6 months initially, but additional funding is being sort to make the Habitat Heroes role full time and more permenent.


Clich here to visit BCEP vacancies webpage

or click here of the Advert.

Sustainable Communities Act

You can only use the radical new bottom-up powers in the Sustainable Communities Act because Bradford Council has signed up to it.

The Sustainable Communities Act process has started! You and your communities can now drive the actions of government to protect Post Offices, increase bus services, restrict supermarkets, promote local renewable energy and much more.

Follow the link to find out more about The Sustainable Communities Act

New Small Grant Available

Naturesave Trust small grants, no deadline

The Naturesave Trust aims to fund "projects that deal with the root of a specific environmental and/or conservationist problem and those that encourage the greater commercial adoption of sustainable development".

Start up grants are available for social entrepreneurs wanting to set up a company or organisation that seeks to promote a greater awareness of sustainable development.  Existing companies or charities can apply for project funding.

There are no deadlines for applications.  Applications are assessed on a "rolling" basis.  The average grant is £2,000 and funding is available for projects from £100 to £10,000.  

For further details and an application form, visit

Forest of Bradford launches Gift a Tree scheme just in time for Christmas

Christmas shopping is now well underway and Forest of Bradford's Gift a Tree scheme is perfectly timed for the eco-conscious Christmas shopper.

Forest of Bradford is now taking orders for their Gift a Tree scheme where for just £5 you can purchase a sustainable gift that will last for generations and actually benefit your local environment. That's right for just £10 we will plant a native tree as part of a new woodland within Bradford district.

You will receive a Gift a Tree to which you can add a personal message. You will also receive a location map. Forest of Bradford will ensure the establishment of your tree with a two year maintenance programme.

You could even personalise your gift more by planting it yourself on one of our volunteer planting days. Forest of Bradford's planting dates are listed on the BEAT website and also on the BEF events calendar.

Why Gift a Tree?
Trees provide… new wildlife habitats, attractive green spaces, cleaner air, employment opportunities, a source of renewable energy and reduce flooding risks. They also create a sense of well being. How many gifts offer all this?

Forest of Bradford is an innovative community woodland project, working to increase woodland/tree cover in the Bradford District.

If you would like to Gift a Tree for Christmas, a birthday, wedding, anniversary, bereavement or any other event you can order online at call or email us for further details.

Tel: 01274 253440 ~ email:

Forest of Bradford is part of Bradford Environmental Action Trust

Bradford slips in Sustainable City rankings

The annual sustainability ranking of Britain's 20 largest cities has been again completed by Forum for the Future. Click here to visit their website and download the full report.

Bradford again performed well on the environmental ranking, but slipped from top(2007) to third, so no T&A articles expected this year. Overall Bradford slipped from 9th (2007) to 11th, with Bristol topping the table this year.

Defra launches £6m Greener Living Funds

This is a new £6 million fund to help charitable and voluntary organisations support and develop environmental projects throughout England. The Greener Living Fund will help voluntary organisations promote positive environmental changes to individuals and communities, helping them reduce their carbon footprints, make greener lifestyle choices and find new ways to rely less on our natural resources.

More info at this link:

Introduction to Permaculture Course in Marsden

Sat 29th and Sun 30th November 2008.

The course will be led by Andy Goldring, Coordinator of the Permaculture Association, and permaculture teacher / designer since 1995. He will be accompanied by an apprentice teacher or two from the recent Leeds Permaculture Design Courses.

Learning objectives
By the end of the weekend, participants should have an answer to the question 'What is Permaculture?', have gained an overview of the ethics and principles of permaculture, and be able to begin to apply design techniques within their own situations and environments. Participants will also know where to find further information and support.

Venue: Marsden Mechanics, near Huddersfield
Sliding scale £40 - £120 based on your income and what you can afford.
Deposit: Minimum £10 deposit to confirm your booking.
Details: Please let me know contact address and telephone numbers (in case we need to get hold of you before the course) and where you will be coming from.

Please let me know via email or telephone if you would like a place as we are filling up fast! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any further questions.  
tel. 07894 036 742 danmctiernan(at)